Melissa Fisher

Visiting Scholar

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Melissa Fisher, a cultural anthropologist, is a faculty member in the Human Capital Management Department at NYU’s School of Professional Studies; Senior Advisor focused on workplace culture and design at CFAR Consulting Services; and Associate Researcher in the Global Foresight Project based out of the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS). Fisher contributes to the Foresight Project by examining how workplace futurists shape the design and experience of future workplaces in the context of pandemics. This research, now a book in progress, aims to understand the knowledge and cultural dynamics involved in creating Covid and Post-Covid work environments, with a focus on the potential for either promoting equity and justice or perpetuating hierarchies of class, race, gender, and power. Fisher’s study draws on five years of fieldwork with professionals in facility management, corporate real estate, and architectural think tanks and design consultancies in Europe and the United States. She is also known for her expertise in organizational studies, globalization, gender, and work, as showcased in her books Frontiers of Capital: Ethnographic Reflections on the New Economy and Wall Street Women. She has been featured in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Business Week, among others, and has appeared on CNBC, NPR, and the BBC. Fisher’s ongoing research, teaching experience, and involvement in gender-focused initiatives and advisory boards further contribute to her distinguished background in the field. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Columbia University, and B.A. in English from Barnard College.

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